by The Cowl Editor on January 19, 2017
by Daniel Barton ’18
It almost goes without saying that the past two years of politics have been incredibly bizarre. From the circus that was the race for the Republican nomination, to the scandal surrounding the corruption within the Democratic National Convention, all the way to the election itself, there has not been a dull moment. As a result of this hysteria, it seems everyone has jumped on the opportunity to get their voices heard. While Americans being politically involved is far from an issue, it should be understood that not everyone, even those whose opinions are broadcasted to a wider audience by their careers in music and acting, know what they are talking about. Therefore, these opinions should be taken with a grain of salt.
While Hollywood plays a major role in American culture, one major takeaway from this whole election cycle should be that its political views rarely line up with the rest of the United States; therefore, people should think twice before blindly putting stock in the political opinion of someone that has almost nothing in common with the rest of the nation.
This is not to say that celebrities should not speak out about political issues, especially considering our next president can be appropriately labeled a celebrity turned politician. In fact, bringing up politics during events like awards shows has proven to be an effective way of increasing political discussion for people who may typically choose to ignore politics.
In spite of that, there is something to be said about the irrefutable fact that Hollywood celebrities generally have absolutely no true understanding of what the average American goes through on a daily basis and how that affects their political affiliations.
This election taught us that social issues are important, and most Americans place social issues high on their scale of political relevance. It also showed that when it comes between someone’s financial stability and another person’s feelings, people will choose their own well being. That applies to the average, blue collar American. The one who lives, breathes, eats, and sleeps for the sole reason of providing for their family because they simply have no other choice.
This is not to discount the hard work of actors and singers, but it is their own financial stability that gives them the opportunity to devote time to issues that occur outside of their daily lives.
Listening to celebrities talk about the current political climate and the election of Donald Trump as if it did not happen as a direct result of their own ignorance is detrimental to America’s political realm. It gives voters the perception of truth that in reality is wildly exaggerated. It is not a problem for celebrities to voice their opinions , as good Americans have fought and died to protect the fact that every American is entitled to one, but it is sometimes a problem for Americans to listen to them.